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Volunteer Management Advisor

CUSO International

 

Location:  San Jose, Philippines
Start Date: Feb - Apr 2018 (flexible)
Length of Placement: 12 Months
Language Requirements:
English
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 4
Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Please submit an English Resume and Statement of Interest

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only


The Volunteer’s Role

Through this placement, you will be directly contributing to and supporting Cuso International Philippines in the implementation of the Building Resilience and Adaptability through Volunteer Organizations (BRAVO) Project, a 30-months Innovation Fund project within the Volunteers for International Cooperation and Empowerment (VOICE) program, in partnership with Canadian Red Cross Society (CRCS) and Philippine Red Cross (PRC). The goal of BRAVO Project is to support PRC in developing and testing innovative solutions in addressing volunteer retention issues and strengthening its volunteer management systems.

You will work directly with Cuso International, Canadian Red Cross and Philippine Red Cross staff in Manila and also in the Philippine Red Cross chapters in the provinces of Capiz, Antique and Aklan (Ca-AnAk), Panay Island in Western Visayas to support the capacity strengthening of the three chapters in the area of volunteer management and to assist develop a long-term strategy for building the Red Cross 143 Volunteer Program.   You will work with them to establish policies, procedures, guidelines and manuals for engaging and retaining local volunteers.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Review and familiarize self with BRAVO project documents, PRC volunteer 143 program, meeting with PRC/CRC teams in Manila and in 3 chapters in Antique, Aklan and Capiz, etc.

- Work with each chapter staff in Capiz, Antique and Aklan to observe and assess volunteer process in order to suggest improvements, steps and opportunities for streamlining volunteer management and systems

- Work with each chapter administrator and volunteer services coordinator to determine needs, issues for managing and retaining RC-143 volunteers on the ground and develop systems

- Work with each chapter staff to develop a long-term strategy how to increase and retain RC-143 volunteers

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- A university degree in Social Sciences

Essential Professional Background:

- Minimum of 3 years' experience in volunteer management

- Excellent written and verbal communication skills

- Understanding of participatory approaches and training skills


About Our Partner

Philippine Red Cross

Philippine Red Cross is a premiere humanitarian organization in the Philippines and a member of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, committed to provide quality life-saving services that protect the life and dignity especially of indigent Filipinos in vulnerable situations. Now in its 67th year, PRC operates throughout the country with 103 chapters and provides six major services: Blood Services, Disaster Management Services, Safety Services, Health Services, Social Services, Red Cross Youth and Volunteer Services.   As of August 2017, Red Cross national database has 132,000 volunteers.

This placement is part of the Volunteers for International Cooperation and Empowerment (VOICE) program in the Philippines, with a focus on Inclusive Sustainable Economic Growth (ISEG). The ultimate outcome of the VOICE project is to improve the economic and social well-being of poor and marginalized communities in targeted geographic areas in the Philippines.


Through this partnership, the Philippine Red Cross will benefit from Cuso International volunteers by having access to skilled volunteers as mentors to support them on volunteer management, volunteer recruitment and retention strategy development. Overall partnership objectives include: improved staff capacity from the 3 chapters in volunteer management and retention, higher volunteer retention rates, fund generation, knowledge management and improved organizational capacity through volunteers to deliver services to the communities they serve. Beneficiaries include women and men from poor, marginalized communities.



Terms and Conditions:

  • Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.

     

    Support Package

    - Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)

    - Accommodation while in placement

    - Return airfare and visa/work permit costs

    - Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance

    - Pre-departure training and in-country orientation

    - Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend

    - Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)

    - Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return

    - Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).

    - Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation

     

    Fundraising

    We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.

     

    E-volunteering

    Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.

     



    Residency and Citizenship

    Residency

    The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.

    We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.

     

    Citizenship

    Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.

    By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.

    You  must  check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:

    • Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
    • Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.
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